The popular Skaket Beach is a great bayside alternative to Nauset Beach. The calm, warm waters are great for swimming at high tide. At low tide beachcombers can walk along tidal flats that stretch for miles. Children love exploring the small pools of water left at low tide, often finding small crabs and minnows trapped in them. Skaket Beach faces directly west across the bay, making it one of the best places to catch a stunning sunset on the Cape.

Amenities include restrooms, lifeguards, a snack bar, outdoor showers, and a wheelchair accessible ramp. Parking fees are $10 per day during the summer season. Parking is limited and fills up fast, so arrive early.

How to get there: Follow Skaket Road from Route 6A in Orleans